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Jean-Michel Pilc


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Born in 1960 in Paris and now an American citizen, self-taught, Jean-Michel Pilc has played with: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff and Richard Bona. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte, as his musical director and pianist.

Jean-Michel moved to New York City in 1995. There, he formed a trio with François Moutin (bass) and Ari Hoenig (drums). They recorded a one week engagement at Sweet Basil and, in 2000, released 2 CDs Jean-Michel Pilc Trio - Together - Live at Sweet Basil, NYC - Vol. 1 & 2 (A-Records).

Then Pilc signed a record deal with Dreyfus Jazz. Pilc's first album for Dreyfus, Welcome Home (featuring the same trio), was released in 2002.

Pilc's next album for Dreyfus, Cardinal Points was released the following year. It features Jean-Michel's extended work Trio Sonata, created with generous support from Chamber Music America's New Works: Creation and Presentation Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

In 2004, Jean-Michel released his first solo album, Follow Me (Dreyfus).

Jean-Michel Pilc Trio recorded Live at Iridium, NYC, in 2004 and New Dreams in 2006, again for Dreyfus.

In the last decade, Jean-Michel has been intensively touring worldwide, performing trio, solo, and also teaching clinics and masterclasses.

In 2006, Jean-Michel has been appointed jazz teacher at NYU (New York University), where he is giving private lessons (piano and other instruments), ensemble classes and improvisation workshops. He’s also teaching for the New School & Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, as well as privately.

Firehouse 12 Performances

Pilc Moutin Hoenig Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:00p
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio Friday, May 21, 2010, 10:00p

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